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Mar182011

Department Chair: Mr. Derek Brown

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Department Requirements: Seven semesters

Two semesters in the freshman year
Two semesters in the sophomore year
Three semesters in the junior and senior years

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Jan282011

Department Overview

Philosophy Statement – Theology Department

Guided and motivated by the principles of our Catholic-Jesuit tradition, the Theology Department at Loyola High School is committed to providing a religious education with the following goals:

Formation

To provide our students, through a serious reflection on various biblical and theological sources, with a basic knowledge and understanding of the various elements of the Catholic-Jesuit tradition as a means for creating experiences where our students can have an authentic encounter with the living God.  In the process of striving for this goal, members of our diverse student body will also be more powerfully enabled to systematically examine and develop their own personal religious beliefs and practices.

Transformation

To demonstrate to our students, through a continued reflection on relevant biblical and theological sources, the personal responsibility they are called to assume for critically appropriating the religious understandings they have developed in a way that leads to morally committed social action, so as to become persons with a faith that seeks justice.  Such a desired outcome will mean our students will hopefully become religious leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion in our world.  The Theology Department commits to relying upon the relevant and appropriate assistance of the Community Service and Campus Ministry Departments in helping more effectively insure its goal of religious transformation.

Christ-Centered

Loyola High School, as a Catholic Jesuit institution, is ultimately dedicated to the unique revelation of God in Jesus Christ presented to us visibly in the Catholic Church.  The Theology Department, by facilitating authentic religious formation and transformation, will equip its students to better understand and respond to the loving redemptive example of Jesus Christ, a Spirit empowered development which will more powerfully unite our students with the Catholic Church’s universal mission of salvation which God truly desires for all. 

Requirements

Every Loyola High student is required to complete six semesters of theology to graduate.  The typical course sequence to accomplish this requirement is as follows: Freshmen year - one year or two semesters of Freshmen Scripture, Sophomore year - one semester of Theology II (Social Justice), Junior Year - one semester of Faith of Catholics, Junior year - one semester of Moral Theology, Senior year - one semester of a Senior Theology Elective (various class options are offered to meet this final requirement).    

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Dec172010

Theology 1

(2 semesters)

Theology 1 is a required introductory class for all 9th grade students entering Loyola High School. The course begins with a survey of the essential components of Catholic Christian faith, its foundations in the person of Jesus, Scripture and Tradition, as well as the life of St. Ignatius and Ignatian Spirituality, and sets the stage for a comprehensive 4-year program of theological study.  Upon completion of the introductory survey, the content of the course focuses on the Catholic approach to studying Scripture and a subsequent examination of the Hebrew Scriptures .  In concert with the Ministry Department, the Theology Department aims to accompany students as they join the LHS community through its Sacramental celebrations, spiritual practices, retreats and community service opportunities as they adapt to life in high school.    

Mr. AhearnMr. Crofut, Mr. FrumentoMs. Lee, Dr. Rodriguez

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Dec172010

Theology 2

(2 semesters)

Theology 2 is a required class for all students in 10th grade at Loyola High School. The second year of theological study continues the exploration of the person of Jesus begun in 9th grade by turning to exegesis, critical analysis and reflection upon the New (Christian) Testament. Examining the life of Christ and the call to discipleship affords students an opportunity to uncover the implications of the Gospel for a moral life. The art of Ignatian discernment for moral decision-making in daily life is introduced, and applied to a variety of the moral dilemmas young people face in this time.  The course then turns from personal morality to the implications of the Gospel for building the Kingdom of God through the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and the Jesuit emphasis on a Faith that does Justice, while forming men for and with others.

Mr. Cendejas, Mr. Portman, Dr. Rodriguez, Mr. Shawver

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Dec172010

Theology 3

(2 semesters)

Theology 3 provides a historically contextualized exploration of the Catholic faith, Jesuit spirituality, and moral dilemmas we all face as they grow into “Men for and with others.” The course addresses the following core questions: Who is God and how do we come to know Him? How do we grow in relationship with God? In light of our relationship with God, how do we grow in relationships with self and with others?  Theology 3 is organized into four sections: a brief introduction followed by three major areas of focus.  Each section reflects important aspects of the Judeo-Catholic Christian worldview as understood with the help of the Jesuit-Ignatian tradition. Introduction - Bible and Church History; Section I – Beliefs;  Section II - Worship and Spiritual Theology; Section III - Moral Theology.

Mr. AhearnMr. Brown, Mr. Crofut, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Shawver

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Dec172010

World Religions

(1 semester)

The course is designed to enable students to have both an intellectual understanding and a personal reflection on the major religions of the world. Through the study of these religions the student will have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the different religious traditions and cultures of our global community. Such understanding and appreciation are indispensable for promoting world peace in our conflict and tension-filled global village today. The course will help students to be more aware of: a) their own growth process as young men and, b) their encounters and experiences with the Sacred in their own lives and relationships; thereby cultivating a sense of sacredness, wholeness, and peace which makes life more joyful and fulfilling.

Ms. Lee

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Dec172010

Science and Religion

(1 semester)

This theology elective course will serve as an introductory survey on the relationship between science and religion. To sort out the variety of ways in which people have historically related science and religion, we will utilize a four-fold typology method – conflict, independence, dialogue, and integration – commonly employed by recognized experts in the interdisciplinary field of science and religion. In addition, the examination of this relationship between science and religion will be presented within the context of the Judeo-Catholic/Christian tradition, which adheres to the notion that having to finally choose between science and religion is a false dilemma. Rather, the conclusions reached by science in studying nature and by religion in reflecting on the deposit of faith, when properly understood according to their respective appropriate limits, at the very least, must never conflict, and the very most, can coincide in ways which contribute to a meaningful account of God, man, and the cosmos.

Mr. Johnson

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Dec172010

Narrative Theology

(1 semester)

This course is designed at taking a non-conventional approach into the exploration of theological and moral issues. Is there a connection between who we understand God or the godly to “BE” and the way we live our lives. Does philosophy and our rational mind alone define God? Can we know who God is or must we experience this God in our own lives? We will examine the human condition in and through “Story”. We will reflect on our own life – our own “Story”. In these stories, we will investigate how one’s belief in God or the struggles to know if God even exists, influences and determines a person’s behavior in the story and our own actions within our own stories. We will read and watch through literature and Film powerful “stories” that will engage us, motivate us, enlighten us and challenge us ... we may even experience, through these narratives, a quick glimpse into the Divine.

Mr. Frumento

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Dec172010

Christology

(1 semester)

This Course asks the question “Who is Jesus?” This investigation begins with looking at who Jesus was, in his historical context. We will examine and research the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In an attempt to know who the ‘historical’ Jesus was, we will soon realize the limits of that ‘quest’ and shift our focus to who the early believers understood and experienced Jesus to have been. We will look at a variety of ‘Christologies’ attempting to understand this real ‘mystery’ of the incarnation of God, how Jesus Christ is just that for the Christian Catholic believer, and how this can lead us to a real and vital relationship with God. And to take it a step further, we will then look at how nurturing this relationship calls us to live “in” the ‘Kingdom of God’ which Jesus preached!

Mr. Frumento

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Dec172010

Liturgy

(1 semester)

This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to become competent liturgical ministers in the 21st century.  Liturgy Workshop harmonizes the academic study Sacramental Theology and Church History with the study, preparation, and praxis of Liturgy.  Using the new Roman Missal, students will discover the richness of Catholic ritual through hands-on preparation, planning, and preparing music for school liturgies.  Members of this course will form the core singing/instrumental group for the school-wide liturgies. Through a solid historical and theological understanding of Hebrew and Christian Scripture in worship, as well as meditative praying of the scriptures, this course strives to synthesize academic theory with vibrant praxis, empowering the students with skills and experience.

Mr. Schaeffer

Friday
Dec172010

Catholic Peacebuilding 

(1 semester)

The theology of peace has its roots in the earliest of Hebrew Scriptures, and continues in the teachings of Jesus and the early Church. In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore this theology in three main areas: inner peace, inter-personal peace, and peace between nations and within communities. The promise of "peace that passes all understanding" will be examined in the writings of St. Ignatius as well as historical and contemporary theologians. We will develop skills that will allow students to understand what it means to be a compassionate "person for others" in today's world. Students with an interest in social justice will be able to continue their study with “Catholic Peacebuilding” while at the same time developing an interior life that can meet the profound challenges of life with grace.

Mr. Cendejas

Friday
Dec172010

Bioethics

(1 semester)

This course will build upon issues introduced in the Moral Theology portion of Theology III. Students will be introduced to the range of issues that define bioethics together with core concepts and skills in the field of Bioethics, from a Catholic-Christian perspective. 

Mr. Brown

Friday
Dec172010

Theology Teacher Aid

(1 semester)

This course is designed to give seniors, interested and talented in Theology, an opportunity to aid freshmen, sophomore, and junior Theology teachers in their classes. Activities include leading group discussions, tutoring students, and assisting the teacher in correcting exams. Prerequisite: Students must have a 3.0 GPA overall, a 3.0 GPA in Theology, a willingness to accept the responsibility of helping to correct homework and exams, planning course materials, and working in the classroom every day. Permission of the instructor and department chairperson is required.

 

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Dec172010

Directed Studies

(1 semester)

This course is designed for serious and competent students who are interested in pursuing learning on their own. Students who apply for this course must detail in writing the nature of their study, which includes the topic, the objectives, the procedure, the readings and the assignments, and the method of evaluation for the course work. A selection of students will be made by the Theology Department (in April for the fall semester; in November for the spring semester), and the students will sign a Directed Study Contract Agreement assuming full responsibility for the completion of their projects and their activity during the program. Because of the great demands made by this program, each teacher will be allowed only one Directed Study student per semester. Prerequisite: permission and approval of the department chairman and the instructor.